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Special Educational Support

School Aims and Objectives

The Governors, Local Authority, Head teacher and all staff aim to work together with parents and carers to provide a broad and balanced education to meet the individual needs of each child.

Kings Ash Academy SEN Information Report

Kings Ash Academy SEN Policy

Kings Ash Academy SEN School Offer Provision Map

Further Information about SEND from Torbay Council SEND Team


SEN Team Staff Structure

Pastoral Support Staff

  • Mrs J. Rider – Pastoral HLTA
  • Miss M. Barry – Pastoral Senior TA
  • Mrs J. Kidd – Pastoral Senior TA
  • Mrs A. Johnson – Pastoral TA
  • Mrs J. Distin – Pastoral TA

SEN Team

  • Miss E. Brown – SEND Co-ordinator
  • Mrs C. Langton – Speech & Language Specialist TA
  • Mrs E. Pestell – SEN TA
  • Miss K. Phipps – SEN TA
  • Miss J Barry – SEN TA
  • Mrs V. Wall –  – SEN TA
  • Mrs B. Tehrani – SEN TA
  • Miss L. Hodges – SEN TA
  • Mrs A. Upton – SEN TA
  • Miss K. Higgins – SEN TA
  • Mrs S. Tyler – SEN TA

Here at Kings Ash Academy, we have a large team of staff who work within the SEN and Pastoral department. We are at the heart of Kings Ash and play an integral part in the school provision.  Our aim is to be inclusive in our approach and to provide all children who have additional needs with an enriching environment, which raises their confidence and increases their potential to achieve.  Passion and commitment  are key to bringing out and enabling that potential, thus ensuring that our pupils achieve their very best in all they do.

Our SEN teaching assistants  work across the school in either small groups or  as one to one support for  children with higher level of needs.  We offer a range of interventions and programs which support the 4 key areas within Special Educational Needs.

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Speech, Language and Communication
  • Physical and Sensory

Our team of staff are experienced across all 4 areas of need and they regularly attend courses and training in order to update their knowledge and skills in the areas that they work within, in order to provide support of the highest standards. The SENCO liaises closely with agencies and professionals who can offer additional support and advice where the needs of the child are. Below are listed just some of the professionals who work alongside us:


  • Educational Psychologist
  • Dyslexia/Dyscalculia support from the SEN advisory teacher
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • ADHD nurse
  • Autism
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Visual Impairment advisory teacher Hearing Impairment advisory teacher
  • School Nurse
  • Health Visitor
  • Diabetes team
  • Paediatric team
  • THRIVE practitioners
  • Outreach services from Mayfield Special School, Chestnut Alternative Provision, Combe Pafford and Barton Speech and Language Unit